Blog Posts

NIMAA Collaborates for a More Equitable Workforce

By admin | September 14, 2021

By Lori Nichols, NIMAA Director of Business and Partnership Development At NIMAA, we believe that by focusing on creating equitable career pathways, eliminating barriers to employment, and contributing to a positive social return on investment, we can help achieve a critical and fundamental change. We can build health care teams back up, not only to […]

Staying Connected While Distance Learning

By admin | July 19, 2021

By Susan Klos, NIMAA Curriculum Director and Instructor When many of us think about school, we imagine a physical building where you can meet with the instructor in class to ask questions about assignments, or sit with peers around a table to work on a group project. Establishing a connection to instructors and peers is […]

The Importance of Educating Medical Assistants on Proper Patient Care of the LGBTQ+ Community

By admin | June 9, 2021

By Dawn Chambers, NIMAA Instructor *Names have been changed for patient privacy purposes In 2010, I had just begun my career as an eager and excited Medical Assistant (MA). After only a week of working in the clinic, I was placed with a physician who primarily served the LGBTQ+ community and specialized in caring for […]

NIMAA’s High-Touch Program

By admin | April 15, 2021

By Carolina Rose, NIMAA Distance Education Manager Now that we have a vaccine and COVID-19 herd immunity is in sight, we can all start to get excited about returning to “normal” life. While the pandemic has created a great deal of disruption in our daily lives, it has also provided opportunities for change in the […]

Team-based Care: The Provider-MA Relationship

By admin | February 26, 2021

By Misae Vela Brol, NP, Clinica Family Health Services; NIMAA Advisory Board member Speaking from more than 15 years of experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Denver, CO, Medical Assistants (MA) are integral to the health care team and key to my success as a provider. A medical assistant properly trained in team-based care […]

Medical Assistants: Their Value and Crucial Role in Primary Care

By admin | January 25, 2021

By Lynne Jones, Executive Director of the Commission on Family Medicine The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted well-known shortfalls of the U.S. healthcare landscape, as well as helped to validate what can be accomplished when we are at our best. Let’s focus on what we know about how we are at our best as health care […]

For the Community, By the Community

By admin | December 29, 2020

By Suzanne Smith, Health Center Operations Division Director, Colorado Community Health Network The fact that Community Health Centers (CHCs) and the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) share a common focus – improving the lives of community members – is no surprise, given that NIMAA was founded by two CHCs. However, it is this […]

Getting the Most Out of a Telehealth Visit

By admin | November 27, 2020

In healthcare settings, you rarely go an hour without hearing the new buzz word “telehealth.”  It has become such a commonplace saying that we rarely stop to think about what it means and what it looks like for a patient. Telehealth is an innovative way of delivering healthcare without requiring patients to be physically present […]

Addressing Medical Racism Through Community-Based Health Education

By admin | August 27, 2020

By Kate Prell, Program Specialist, Recruitment and Placement, NIMAA What Is Medical Racism? Medical racism is the idea that black and other people of color have experienced care inequities due to unconscious bias and larger institutional policies. That is not to say that every provider or healthcare professional is explicitly racist but that the same […]

Top 8 Tips for Virtual Interviews

By admin | May 20, 2020

As an innovative online program, The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) has always prepared our students to interview professionally, both virtually and in-person. Because video interviews are nothing new for NIMAA students, we thought we would share some of or admission team’s  top tips for a successful and professional video interview. 1.     Plan […]